Big Tree Moonlight White Tea Coin (大樹月光白茶幣, Dà Shù Yuè Guāng Bái Chá Bì, "Big Tree Moonlight White Tea Coin") - These delicate coins are made of Da Shu Cha 大树茶 ("Big Tree Tea"), and are really a tiny bing. Each coin is a single convenient gong-fu style serving, and made of compressed whole leaves. The coin-pressing process preserves the integrity of these big-tree white tea leaves. But what is Big Tree Tea, and how does it compare with Gu Shu Cha 古树茶 "Ancient Tree Tea?"
Like Gu Shu Cha, there is no official metric of size or age that defines Big Tree Tea. So what does it mean for a tree to be "big?"
Big can be the thickness of the stalk - indicative of age - or the height of the tree. These are trees that aren't old enough to be considered "ancient" but may be several decades old. In addition to being good because they're old, they're also more likely to be seed-propagated as that was the predominant form of Pu'er horticulture for most of the 20th century.
Delicately sun-dried, white tea is a great venue for showcasing the depth of this kind of tea. The best way to taste the character of big tree tea - as with ancient tree tea - is to try it. You can compare this with our regular loose moonlight white, which is made from younger trees. These coins are a great gift for beginners because they are pre-dosed; simply unwrap and steep. They are low in caffeine, and are a great thing to keep around - in your bag, your car, your desk - just in case you run into some hot water.